Panasonic has registered the Lumix DMC-GF7 mirrorless camera at the Radio Research Agency in South Korea, leading to speculation that the GF-series will be brought back to life by the end of 2015.
Back in April 2013, Panasonic introduced the world’s first interchangeable lens camera with built-in NFC technology. The device is called Lumix DMC-GF6 and it consists of a compact Micro Four Thirds camera that also features built-in WiFi.
Industry watchers hoped that the so-called Panasonic GF7 would be introduced in early 2014. However, the shooter has not showed up, while the rumor mill has revealed that the GF-series has been put “on hold” along with the G and GX series.
It appears that the Japan-based manufacturer is ready to bring back this line-up through the aforementioned camera, which has just been registered in South Korea, at the country’s FCC counterpart, called Radio Research Agency (RRA).
Panasonic GF7’s name shows up at South Korea’s Radio Research Agency
Sales of Panasonic GF cameras have dropped after the company has introduced the GM line-up, which offers the Micro Four Thirds prowess into an even smaller package.
Nevertheless, the GF may still have a future ahead, so the manufacturer might be bringing it back. The first proof that this is happening consists of the Panasonic GF7 name registration at South Korea’s RRA.
The agency has been a supplier of accurate information for a very long time, therefore we can assume that the mirrorless camera will be introduced quite soon.
The listing does not mention any specifications, albeit it is safe to assume that the Micro Four Thirds camera will pack both WiFi and NFC.
Best timing ever: Panasonic GF6 price has decreased recently
The registration could not have had a better timing. Just a few days ago, the Panasonic GF6 price has been cut down drastically. The mirrorless camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and Venus engine can now be purchased for only $349 at Amazon
This amount also include a kit lens of 14-42mm focal length and f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture. When mounted on a MFT camera, the lens provides a 35mm focal length equivalent of 28-84mm.
Usually, a price reduction is a major sign that a replacement is inbound, ever more so when its alleged successor has been registered on the website of a national communications Agency.
Stick with us as we will report back as soon as we grab more information!